One of the first prime-time cartoons, the show (aired 1961-62 on Creator/{{ABC}}) was about Col. Montgomery J. Klaxon, a fox, and his patsy, Calvin Burnside, a bear. The colonel was constantly coming up with get-rich-quick {{Zany Scheme}}s, all of which tended to backfire. Rounding out the cast were the colonel's wife, Maggie Belle; her sister Susan, and Oliver Wendell Clutch, the colonel's shady lawyer.

The show was essentially a remake of ''Amos & Andy'', which by then was taken off television due to racist stereotypes. The creators decided to take the same show and use cartoon animals in its place. It didn't work. The show only lasted one season.
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!!''Calvin and the Colonel'' provides examples of:
* AmbulanceChaser: Judge Oliver Wendell Clutch is this, definitely. His role in the show is to provide the colonel with legal loopholes in order to pull off an unlawful scheme (which most of the time doesn't work anyway).
* CastHerd: There are two: one with Colonel, Maggie Belle and Sister Sue, and the other with Colonel (again), Calvin and Judge Clutch. Even though they all appear in (almost) every episode, Calvin's (on-screen) interaction with the colonel's wife and sister-in-law are minimal at best. The only time we see Judge Cluch interacting with Maggie and Sue is in the end of "Colonel's Old Flame".
* ComicBookAdaptation: Dell put out two issues in 1962.
* CreatorKiller: The show's failure ended up bankrupting TV Spots, the animation studio.
* CriminalDoppelganger: The colonel suspected in one episode that his sister-in-law was a jewel thief known as the "Polka Dot Bandit". Then the colonel himself got arrested because the police discovered that the thief was really a man disguised as a woman and the colonel happened to be carrying the polka-dot dress (he was going to turn her in). The real thief was finally captured in the end, who turned out to be [[spoiler:Sister Sue's ex-fiancÚ, who plotted to frame her for the robbery]].
* DartboardOfHate: The Colonel has one of Sister Sue in his office.
* {{Expy}}: Of ''Amos & Andy'', as described above.
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: Maggie Belle and her sister Sue in the main cast.
* FurryConfusion: Apparently, in the show's universe humans exist, but in a manner that is equivalent to animals in our world. Judge Clutch is seen watching humans perform dog tricks on TV, leading him to tell the colonel, "Did you know they actually have people in there talking like animals? It's completely unbelievable!"
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: The Colonel, Calvin and several other characters.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Judge Clutch was voiced by Paul Frees, whom you may recognize in other cartoons.
** A lot of incidental female characters were voiced by June Foray, another prominent voice actress, without screen credit.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Mostly in black-and-white, although some color copies recently resurfaced into some collectors' hands.
* LaughTrack: An animated example.
* LimitedAnimation: in the style of JayWard
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Colonel's sister-in-law Susan. Justified in that the Colonel is not exactly an honest man.
* ThePlan: Colonel's nephew, Newton (a con man himself), pulls this off when he visits in one episode.
* RecycledScript: Many episodes were taken line-for line from the radio version of ''Amos&Andy''
* ShadyRealEstateAgent: The colonel.
* TheTeaser: As with the other prime-time cartoons released at the time, ''Calvin and the Colonel'' had cold openings during its ABC broadcast. However in syndication reruns they were removed.
* ThickLineAnimation
* ThrowTheDogABone: The colonel gets one in the end of ''Wheeling and Dealing'', where he goes through the usual ZanyScheme in order to replace his nephew's car (which got filled with cement...ItMakesSenseInContext) before shipping it out to him in California. Where this differs from other episodes is that the colonel's plan actually succeeded, and his wife and sister-in-law praise him for getting the job done. The colonel admits to the audience that he didn't earn the praise and affection, but because it rarely happens he decides to take it anyway.
* TitleSequenceReplacement: When the show went into syndication, they attached the earlier, more abstract opening sequence to every episode. In the original broadcast this opening was only used in the first six episodes.
* ZanyScheme: The whole premise of this show.
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